Granite Point Lawsuit Dismissed

SOMERS, N.Y. – A State Supreme Court justice has dismissed a last-ditch effort to block construction of 23 luxury homes only steps from the Amawalk Reservoir in Granite Springs.

Throwing out a legal challenge to Somers’ tentative approval last year of the controversial development, Justice Gretchen Walsh said the subdivision’s opponents had lacked the requisite legal standing when they sued the Planning Board and developer John Harkins.

While the challengers, largely Granite Springs residents, warned broadly of potential harm to an important water source, Walsh said they “failed to factually demonstrate a specific, actual and concrete injury from which standing would flow.” The Amawalk Reservoir provides drinking water for New York City and more than 11,000 homes in Somers and Yorktown…..

Good Shepherd Church in Somers Hosts Antiques Appraisal Day

GRANITE SPRINGS, N.Y. – Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Granite Springs hosted an Antiques Appraisal and Arts Jam on Saturday, Sept. 17. Appraisers from RMZ Fine Arts & Antiques Inc. of Pearl River were on hand to appraise all types of items including jewelry, fine arts, collectibles, vintage toys and more.

The annual Arts Jam festival was also in full swing all day, providing entertainment, BBQ food and refreshments. The Arts Jam closed with an appearance by the Colgate University choral group, the Colgate 13.

Somers Cancer Survivor Goes ‘All in’ to Connect Others with Support

When leaving the house, Debra Wolf always makes sure she has her keys, wallet and a bag of brochures from Support Connection.

The retired nurse and 39-year Granite Springs resident often hands them out, hoping to connect women battling cancer with the organization’s free support services. They are the same services that “changed her life for the better.”….

Homes for Sale in New York and Connecticut

In Granite Springs, N.Y., a six-bedroom four-bath converted and expanded 1780s barn on 1.94 acres, with additions including a second story with two bedrooms, a first-floor family room and a separate two-story apartment. There is also a detached two-car garage and a former chicken coop used for storage….

Here are 6 beautiful historic barn homes for sale

Granite Springs, New York. This converted barn built in the 1780s has a great room with a 23-foot, cedar-planked ceiling. The six-bedroom house features exposed chestnut beams, an updated kitchen, a fireplace, and an in-law apartment with a kitchenette.

Almost 2 acres, the property includes mature flowering and fruit trees, a fenced-in garden, and patios…..

Highway 132 Reopened In Mariposa

Update at 3:05 p.m.: The CHP has reopened Highway 132 after a motorhome went off the roadway, down an embankment and flipped over. Officers were diverting traffic at Granite Springs Road and Highway 49 in Coulterville for about an hour as tow crews worked to clear the wreckage.

Granite Springs Man Trying To Avoid Towing Fee Steals Own Car, Police Say

A Granite Springs man who was trying to avoid a $291.39 towing fee ended up having to post a $10,000 bail after Stamford, Conn., police accused him of stealing his own car, according to a report by The Stamford Advocate . John Noto, 25, of Granite Springs, a hamlet in Somers, is facing misdemeanor burglary and larceny charges after, police said, he broke into a Stamford towing company’s lot and drove off with his impounded Jeep Grand Cherokee in March, The Stamford Advocate article said.

Cops: Man broke into impound lot to steal own car

… and driving the Cherokee off. After looking at the video, police traced the plate to its registered owner in Granite Springs, New York, and sent local police over to check the address. Sure enough, the police officer found the Cherokee parked in the …

Yorktown Man Trying To Avoid Towing Fee Steals Own Car, Police Say

A New York man who was trying to avoid a $291.39 towing fee ended up having to post a $10,000 bail after Stamford police accused him of stealing his own car, according to a report by The Stamford Advocate . John Noto, 25, of Granite Springs, a hamlet in Somers, N.Y., is facing misdemeanor burglary and larceny charges after, police said, he broke into a Stamford towing company’s lot and drove off with his impounded Jeep Grand Cherokee in March, The Stamford Advocate article said.

Murphy announces funding to permanently preserve Stuart’s Fruit Farm

GRANITE SPRINGS, NY – State Senator Terrence Murphy today announced the award of a $1.84 million dollar grant to preserve Stuart’s Fruit Farm in Somers from future development and maintain the land’s use for agricultural purposes. This unprecedented commitment comes from the state’s first-ever regionally targeted farmland conservation grant program, the Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program. which Murphy helped create last year.

“From the days of my childhood, I can remember visits to Stuart’s farm with my four siblings,” Senator Murphy said “It has been a part of our community for generations. This has been a decade in the making and I am proud to partner with the Westchester Land Trust and the Town of Somers to finally deliver this farmland protection grant. The preservation of Stuart’s Farm was of the highest priority and we now have ensured it will remain as one of the most important agricultural, environmental and economic resources in the lower Hudson Valley.”

Without protection, Stuart’s Fruit Farm could have been converted to a subdivision of more than 50 houses, putting pressure on the schools, infrastructure, and watershed. A conservation easement on the farm will be now held by the Westchester Land Trust, ensuring that the land stays available for agricultural use in perpetuity, and its conservation values are preserved forever.

The cost of this project is estimated to be approximately $3.0 million, with an additional funding coming from acquisition funds of the Westchester Land Trust ($25,000), Somers Land Trust ($3,000) and Scenic Hudson ($370,000), plus $400,000 from Westchester County, and $300,000 from the town of Somers. Senator Murphy worked closely to establish a public-private consortium with representatives of the Westchester Land Trust, the Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District and Somers Supervisor Rick Morrissey to see the project to fruition.

Lori Ensinger, president of the Westchester Land Trust said, “Farms remain an important part of the landscape and economy of Westchester County and one of the features that make our region so special. The selection of Stuart’s Fruit Farm for a 2016 Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program Award enables the Westchester Land Trust (WLT) and its partners to work with the Stuart family to permanently conserve a threatened resource. First and foremost we recognize Bob Stuart, Mary Lee Stuart Gerlach and the entire Stuart family for their commitment to responsible husbandry of their land and its protection forever. We also thank our project partners – Westchester County, the Town of Somers, Scenic Hudson, and the Somers Land Trust, who have all made preserving this historic farm a priority. This grant award from NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets is recognition of the importance of this farm to the broader community and deeply gratifying to us all.”

Stuart’s Fruit Farm is the oldest working farm in Westchester County and holds great historic and ecological significance. The funding will facilitate the permanent protection of the 172 acre farm and will be used to purchase the development rights to the farm, thereby safeguarding its continued agricultural viability into the future.

The 2014 New York State Open Space Conservation Plan names the farm as a high priority farmland protection project due to the confluence of public benefits including the protection of critically important watershed identified by NYC DEP, and its proximity to other working farmland as well as crucial protected wildlife corridors.

According to the Hudson Valley Foodshed Conservation Plan produced by Scenic Hudson, the Farm is “highest priority” for protection of rapidly dwindling agricultural land in the lower Hudson Valley to maintaining access to secure, local fresh food for Westchester and the greater New York City metropolitan area.

Stuart’s Fruit Farm welcomes more than 20,000 visitors each year from Westchester County and beyond, who pick their own fruit, purchase produce at the Farm and visit nearby restaurants and local businesses. The farm also serves as an experiential educational destination for thousands of school children who visit the farm to learn about agriculture, local history, and the importance of local food production.

The funding which Senator Murphy helped secure from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets comes from the new Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program, which provides funding to local partners, such as municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts and land trusts, to help landowners in the region protect viable farmland from being used for purposes other than farming. It will protect more than 5,600 acres of active farmland.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Preserving farmland in the Hudson Valley is particularly important because of its proximity to the world’s largest market place, New York City. This grant program is essential to ensuring food security for the millions of people living there. It also builds on the success of the Farmland Implementation Grant Program which has already helped safeguard thousands of acres of agricultural land across the state.”

Sighting Of Bobcats In Northern Westchester Gets Attention On Social Media

A photo of bobcats taken by a Granite Springs resident is getting attention on social media.

The photo, taken on Saturday morning and posted on the Somers NY Facebook page shows a pair of bobcats in the resident’s yard between Granite Springs Road and Route 35 near the bike trail…..

Thoroughbred racehorses start young, face long road to success

GRANITE SPRINGS — At a few months old, the auburn colt doesn’t have a name, but he’s already learned to stand still, patiently regarding his handlers as they groom him in the barn where he’s spent his young life.

Right now, he’s simply called Distortion 2015 — he’s the 2015 colt out of a brilliantly sleek chestnut mare named Distortion and was sired by 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid.

He’ll be almost 2 before Stonewall Farm owner Barry K. Schwartz files papers with his official name…..